I am watching the show hoarders on A&E and a mom said"I just have the thoughts of 'someday I might need this' or'well what if I toss it and then realize I could have sold it for money'".
so it made me think of all the times I myself have said that too myself, and I always say I am a pack rat...
and yes lol I can walk thru my house, no one is in danger(or lost under rubble lol).
but it made me wonder, where is the line for hoarding, and do you know a hoarder(or could you be one)?
Answer by GinNTonic at 1:08 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by sati769leigh at 1:32 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by DonnaPinitonya at 1:09 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by CABlonde at 2:16 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
I was watching that last night and had the same thought. I've always heard that if you don't use something in 6 months you should get rid of it - really?!? I keep things for those "I might need it someday" events and very rarely am I not glad I did. Honestly, I have a lot of times when I think back to something I had 15 or more years ago and think "If I had only kept that I could use it now." I realize that to some people that may be crazy, but I can't help but think of all the money we would have saved if I hadn't had to purchase that same item again.
Answer by scout_mom at 2:37 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
I would think that the line between the two would be whether you feel anxiety about getting rid of things or if you are unable to because of how it makes you feel to get rid of things. I would think that some of the people on those shows start off as pack rats and then something happens and they just hold onto everything (like a death in the family, or a health scare type of something that happens).
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:05 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by Moms_Angels1960 at 1:50 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 6, 2010
Hoarding is a mental illness and uncontrollable for those affected. Pat rats just like to have stuff. If you move frequently, as we do for business, you can not hang on to unnecessary items-
Answer by Sisteract at 3:34 PM on Sep. 6, 2010